relinquere imperium

hegemony oversought

oversold and overbought

sacrifice of many for the benefit of few

weighty obligations

wed to undeliverable promise

empty currencies and expanding purview

positions exposed and the flanks have been breached

the oath solemnly sworn

not to a man or place, to an idea

puppets dance until their strings have over reached

they don’t go quietly

Empires lost

as Atlas walks away